Definition of seaward in US English:



  • Toward the sea.

    ‘after about a mile they turned seaward’
    • ‘The majority headed seaward; but others were content to continue feeding half a mile distant.’
    • ‘The flood-plume pushed seawards by the river-flow also brings its warmth to the far northern Benguela current area.’
    • ‘Although the students were in no immediate danger, a resident was very alarmed at seeing them walking seawards.’
    • ‘He flew into a severe storm, his balloon was wrecked, and he plummeted seaward from the sky.’
    • ‘Not all the golden sand washed seaward from Oriental Bay is worth the price you pay.’
    • ‘They ventured seawards only after 1000, when the Saracen threat had passed.’
    • ‘Although most of the areas large glaciers now flow seaward more quickly, ice upstream at higher elevations has sped up only modestly, if at all.’
    • ‘Fin seawards from here in a clockwise fashion, keeping the wall on your right.’
    • ‘Those are the reef spurs that point seaward, holding coral heads below the surface.’
    • ‘They're the major cause of the 12 000 official rescues each year and probably drag seaward on the order of 25 000 unwilling bathers annually.’
    • ‘The mangroves never cease building, ever creeping seaward.’
    • ‘We race just feet above the flat wet sand before he pulls on the controls and we climb steeply and bank seawards to come round for our landing.’
    • ‘The Greeks seeing they were outnumbered hauled in their sail and began to turn the prow of their craft seaward.’
    • ‘Back in open water and heading seawards, you can return to the boat through the tunnel or swim out a bit further and through the large arch.’
    • ‘His eyes drop, and he drifts with the wild ice ticking seaward down the Hudson, like the blank sides of a jigsaw puzzle.’
    • ‘Telescopes, binoculars, cameras and naked eyes all strained seawards to catch a glimpse of these huge creatures that had invaded the Cornish coast.’
    • ‘If you choose to follow the reef seaward, pick a slack-water period and ensure that you have a good compass bearing for your return, and enough air.’
    • ‘I glanced seawards to see dark shapes cruising in from the limit of visibility - four 2m long amberjack were scouring the area, foraging for their next meal.’
    • ‘Wood - decked, rounded balconies jut seawards as on a cruise ship.’
    • ‘The second area is between Christmas Rock and Gxulu River Mouth extending three nautical miles seawards from the high-water mark.’
    • ‘The side of Kilauea is constantly moving, generally slipping seaward at a rate of about 3 inches a year.’


  • 1Going or pointing toward the sea.

    ‘there was a seaward movement of water on the bottom’
    • ‘Melting glaciers add fresh water to the oceans and speed the seaward movement of ice and an influx of fresh water into the ocean.’
    • ‘The path levels out to provide expansive seaward views.’
    • ‘Behind him a rip flows out to sea from the shoreline, a swath of muddy rippled water filled with black sand churned up by its powerful seaward pull.’
    • ‘The resort has 75 luxury rooms and suites, most of which enjoy westerly, seaward aspects.’
    • ‘Sites were protected from the largest ocean swells by either small offshore islands or large seaward rock benches.’
    • ‘One of the men positioned the prow of the boat against the seaward ice, revved the engines, and widened the gap to six feet.’
    • ‘The ballroom's lofty wood-panelled ceiling and tall seaward windows evoke another more gracious age.’
    • ‘With no natural protection from the sea, apart from a narrow coral reef, the atoll was at the mercy of massive waves that crashed over its 30-metre high seaward cliffs.’
    • ‘Many productive commercial fishing areas depend on phytoplankton nurtured by the seaward flow of clearer water, which in turn nurtures the fish.’
    • ‘A large white bird appeared low over the seaward shrubby trees.’
    • ‘She had sailed with him before on few previous schemes, on voyages soulwise or seawards.’
    • ‘Submarines ranged offshore to guard against unexpected seawards attacks, backing up patrolling destroyers and torpedo boats.’
    • ‘She began by replacing the small seaward window with a bigger one to better enjoy the splendid view of the Golfo di Salerno.’
    • ‘Inland movements occurred in the first part of the night whereas seaward movements occurred late at night.’
    • ‘In contrast, at high tide, the steep shingle beach produces plunging breakers against the berm causing the seaward movement of material.’
    • ‘The seaward wall, only a screen looking out on the reef, allowed a fresh breeze and the sound of the waves to be our constant companions, lulling us to sleep.’
    1. 1.1 Nearer or nearest to the sea.
      ‘the seaward end of the village’
      • ‘When the Jubilee River was being planned, the design documents stated that flood relief schemes should always be started at the seaward end.’
      • ‘The sediments that produced the beds were deposited in moderately deep waters located a hundred meters seaward of the escarpment.’
      • ‘This old granite house has, as the French say, its feet in the water, which seems to lap against the wide seaward windows.’
      • ‘Enter the water at its seaward end, drop down and follow the gully out to sea.’
      • ‘Similarly, the seaward boundary was defined as 10 km offshore, with exceptions based on specific circumstances.’
      • ‘Blue crab megalopae were concentrated at the surface immediately seaward of the front.’
      • ‘But three days later, as a result of a massive land-slip which took place in four stages, the lawn had disappeared and the ground had collapsed under the whole of the seaward wing of the hotel.’
      • ‘In recent reports, the Army Corps of Engineers has determined that the seawall is between 150 and 200 feet too far seaward.’
      • ‘And how could a fire start there, at the seaward end?’
      • ‘These locations are designated by their distance in kilometers seaward of the dam that marks the upper boundary of tidal influence.’
      • ‘Currently, oil and gas development seaward of the continental shelf is unlikely.’
      • ‘To further add to the jetty's lore a fire broke out in December 1999, destroying a massive 80m section, about 150m from the seaward end.’
      • ‘This formation has been interpreted to represent deposits that accumulated on or immediately seaward of an Early Cambrian shelf.’
      • ‘Furthermore, during the same period, council resolved to proceed with the separation of the seaward portion of the jetty from the inshore portion.’
      • ‘Each floor has an oblong chamber with a small room and spiral stair in the wall thickness at the seaward end.’
      • ‘Many of these will be one kilometre inland or seawards from the main road, generally away from the tourist areas associated with the eastern coastline.’
      • ‘The cross-bedded sediments correspond to shoal deposits that developed on top of and seaward of the spit-platform.’
      • ‘Lower densities of common eiders were observed seaward of the barrier islands up to 50 km from shore.’
      • ‘There are some wonderful pinnacles in both groups, with the best diving and healthiest coral to be found on the seaward side of each.’


  • The side that faces or is nearer to the sea.

    ‘breakwaters were extended further to seaward’
    • ‘The coastal villages where the salt makers lived stand on islands or peninsulas of firm ground, with marshes and fens on their inland side and salt marshes on the seaward.’